Archeological Area of Siponto

POLO MUSEALE DELLA PUGLIA 
Director: Alfredo de Biase
Opening days and times: Monday-Sunday 12.30-21.00; 
Manfredonia(FG)
Address: viale Giuseppe Di Vittorio, s.n.c.
CAP: 71043
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Description:

Siponto, an area of great archaeological significance reflects the importance achieved in ancient Roman times (colony from 194 BC), when it acquired the role of one of the main ports of the II Reign. The remains of the early Christian basilica with three naves, a central apse and a mosaic floor remind us that it was the seat of one of the most important dioceses in the region. Fine mosaic floors that trace back to the construction phase of the basilica (IV century AD.) and reconstruction the following century are visible within the medievalchurchofSanta Maria Maggiore. The church, built between the eleventh and twelfth century, is a cornerstone of Apulian Romanesque architecture. It is shaped like a cube, surmounted by a small dome in the middle, and with a crypt with an outside entrance. Between the end of the XII and the beginning of the XIII century the church was subjected re-roofing several times. Materials from the original Siponto, including columns and capitals, were re-used for construction and architectural decoration. The portal, which is very valuable has an arch supported by two columns resting on the back of a lion. Excavations currently in progress include a part of the city from the Middle Ages, before it was abandon during the thirteenth century.